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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun foot"ball`
An inflated ball to be kicked in sport, usually made in India rubber, or a bladder incased in Leather.
  1. The game played with a football{1}, by two opposing teams of players moving the ball between goals at opposite ends of a rectangular playing field. Outside the United States football refers to soccer, and in England, also to rugby, but in the United States the shape of the ball and the rules of the game are different.
  2. Soccer or rugby.(Brit)
  3. (fig)Something which is treated in a rough manner, usually as part of a dispute; as, a political football .

Note: The American football is an oblate spheroid, with pointed ends. In other countries, the football is the same as a soccer ball. The games played with the two different balls are different. In the United States, the game played with a soccer ball is called soccer.

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  1. Any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
  2. The inflated oblong ball used in playing American football

foot +‎ ball, which may refer to the act of kicking a ball with the feet, or to the fact that games are played on foot, as opposed to on horseback.

  1. (general) A sport played on foot in which teams attempt to get a ball into a goal or zone defended by the other team.
    Roman and medieval matches were more violent than any modern type of .
  2. (Britain, uncountable) Association football: a game in which two teams each contend to get a round ball into the other team's goal primarily by kicking the ball. Known as soccer in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Each team scored three goals when they played .
  3. (US, uncountable) American football: a game in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.
    Each team scored two touchdowns when they played .
  4. (Canada, uncountable) Canadian football: a game played on a wide field in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.
    They played in the snow.
  5. (Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, uncountable) Australian rules football.
  6. (Ireland, uncountable) Gaelic football: a field game played with similar rules to hurling, but using hands and feet rather than a stick, and a ball, similar to, yet smaller than a soccer ball.
  7. (Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, uncountable) rugby league.
  8. (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) rugby union
  9. (countable) The ball used in any game called "football".
    The player kicked the .
  10. (uncountable) Practice of these particular games, or techniques used in them.
  11. (figuratively, countable) An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner
    That budget item became a political .
  12. (slang, US, countable) The leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President.

football was also found in the following language(s): French, Interlingua, and Portuguese

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Past life for Football born Sep 28, 1927

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Hungary approximately on 800. Your profession was map maker, astrologer, and astronomer.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.